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Times Audiobook of the Week

Monday, September 20th, 2021

Saul’s new book SBS: Silent Warriors was named The Times Audiobook of the Week. ‘It makes for cnthralling listening,’ wrote Christina Hardyment, ‘thanks to John Hopkins’s clipped, army-report style narration and David’s intensification of suspense by using memoirs and letters from those who survived and those who didn’t.’

Talk at Budleigh Salterton Literary Festival

Wednesday, September 15th, 2021

Saul will give his first public talk on his new book SBS: Silent Warriors at the Budleigh Salterton Literary Festival at noon on Thursday 16 September 2021. Click here for more details and to book

SBS: Silent Warriors is a Sunday Times Top 10 bestseller

Wednesday, September 15th, 2021

Saul’s new book SBS: Silent Warriors is an instant Sunday Times Top 10 bestseller, entering the list in its first week at No. 9.

Review in The Times

Saturday, September 4th, 2021

Saul’s new book has received a glowing review in today’s Times. Roger Boyes writes: ‘An extraordinary trawl though the archives, backed up with diaries and interviews; an accomplished act of storytelling… This is a book about big personalities, adventurers and inventors… Heroic history telling… An authorised history of a secret unit has to record not only the bravery of its unacknowledged warriors – which David has done with style – but also make a case for its strategic importance…  David has written a book that often gladdens the heart, but also makes you think about the nature of sacrifice.’

Review in the Daily Mail

Saturday, September 4th, 2021

Reviewing Saul’s new book SBS: Silent Warriors in the Daily Mail, Nick Rennison wrote: ‘Riveting… A brilliant account of how the SBS was born from wartime needs, and just how much the organisation and its affiliated units were able to achieve in those early years.’ Click here to read the full review

More reviews of SBS

Saturday, September 4th, 2021

Saul’s new book SBS: Silent Warriors was given the thumbs up by Admiral Lord (Alan) West in the Spectator: ‘A riveting story, and very British… [David] has shown great skill in pulling the disparate threads of unit reports into a cohesive story. This book is a must for naval and military historians. Beyond that, the knowledge of those involved, and their bravery and jeopardy, will grip the general reader.’ Click here to read the full review

Interview with Dan Snow on HistoryHit podcast

Monday, August 30th, 2021

Saul chats SBS, leaky canoes and midget submarines with Dan Snow on his HistoryHit podcast, the first interview for SBS: Silent Warriors, out on Thursday 2 September. Click here to listen

First review of SBS: Silent Warriors

Saturday, August 28th, 2021

James Holland has heaped praise on Saul’s new book SBS: Silent Warriors with a 5-star review in today’s Daily Telegraph: ‘Fabulously daring missions of men of astonishing courage…relayed with all the relish of a Commando comic… A cast of Boys’ Own Heroes… A terrific book, written with all the gusto, thrills and heady excitement these SBS operations richly deserve. It really is one of the most enjoyable histories I’ve read in many a year.’ Click here to read the full review

We Have Ways Pod

Tuesday, August 24th, 2021

Saul’s new book SBS: Silent Warriors was featured in James Holland and Al Murray’s brilliant ‘We Have Ways of Making you Talk’ podcast (@WeHaveWaysPod) today: ‘sizzling, guilt-free stories…suffused with incredibly colourful characters’. Click here to listen 

Promo video for SBS: Silent Warriors

Wednesday, August 18th, 2021

Saul David’s new book SBS: Silent Warriors is published in 15 days. Here’s a quick promo video to whet the appetite.